A Dream and A Plan

*discalimer: I worked on a post for about 2-3 days all about our summer and it just continued to be a big disaster.  Not our summer but the post, the pictures were skewed and not posting correctly, the words were being jumbled all over the page, so I trashed it!  Maybe you weren’t supposed to be a part of our summer shenanigans…so sorry for that but this is kinda a big part of what summer did to us….

2 summers ago when my husband and I met we watched a couple people paddle board on the river.  I think we literally saw 2 people making their way up river.  We thought it looked cool and I found out that my husband to be was a board sport junkie, he loved kayaking and rafting and fishing and the thought of living in Central Oregon was super cool for him and perhaps he could even find a career that let him do all the things he loved and get paid for it.  Instead God gave him a job in sales.

Last summer, we saw about a half dozen people on paddle boards almost every time we drove by the river.  We thought it looked so fun and really wanted to try it out but it never happened. 

This summer we jumped on a paddle board the first chance we got and we fell head over heals for the darn thing.  So much so that the very next day we rushed to the nearest retailer to buy one.  We asked questions about the boards but no one tried very hard to sell us one, plus once I saw the $1500 price tag I shut down.  Ridiculous price and I would have to buy a $150-$500 paddle on top of that.  Nope, I’m good. But God had planted a seed. 

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desire of your heart, psalm 37:4 (for more of an explanation of what this verse means see this POST.

We continued to dream and to talk and God made the seed of desire grow.  We planned a little and prayed a bit and dreamed a tad bit more.  Before we knew it we were dreaming ridiculous dreams and envisioning radical stuff and then he said it….’no risk no reward’.

We took a calculated risk.  summer11

That step was full of faith, following a ‘what if’, and mostly wrapped up in the disclaimer statement ‘at least we’ll end up with our own boards’. 

This first step off the deep end into our little dream and the God given desire, and it all exploded….in a good way.  Day after day, thought after thought, prayer after prayer the next step was revealed.  This pattern continues each day.  Here is what we know about planning:

Proverbs 13:6  A wise man plans ahead

Proverbs 15:22  Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed.

Proverb 16:9  A man’s heart deviseth his way: but, the Lord directeth his steps.

Oh and this one….don’t you just want to look deep into these truths with me someday? 

Proverbs 24:3-4 By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

So, my friends this summer God had bigger things planned then simply the camping and fairs and trips and fun.  God let a seed grow and a plan began to bloom.  I’ll tell you all about it in a couple weeks.

What is your next move?  What desires might God be stirring in you?  Let me give you a little nudge using some of  Bob Goff’s thoughts  from his book ‘Love does’. 

Pick something you aren’t just able to do; instead, pick something you feel like you were made to do and then do lots of that.  You’re here and I’m here….not at just anytime (in history) but at this time.  God made you to love some things and not like others, He made you to dream…a lot.  After Jesus arrived on earth, God whispered to all of humanity…”It’s your move.”  Heaven’s been leaning over the rails in the same way ever since you got here, waiting to see what you’ll do with your life.

go do it!

Happy Birthday!!!!

Its my birthday I’ll cry if I want to cry if I want to….

Its your birthday, nananana nana na, Its my birthday too…

Happy birthday too you! Happy Birthday to you!  Happy Birthday dear Brek and Tracy, Happy Birthday to you!

Is it proper to post a blog wishing yourself happy birthday?  You bet it is, especially when you are wishing your husband happy birthday too!

I met Mr. Brek Paul when he was 38!  We turned 39 shortly after meeting but we’ve known each other through 4 different ages.  He hasn’t changed!  Can you believe that?! he is the same guy I met at 38 and today he is 41 and so am I!

I was just saying the other day how much I Love 41!  Its not a doomsday birthday like 39 and  40 were.  Those years were met with, ‘oh 39, one more year until the big 4-0’ and ‘40, welcome to club…you are over the hill!’.  This year its ‘41, early 40’s, so young so much life ahead of you…’ 

So, yes its true Mr. and Mrs. Brek Paul share the same date of birth.  I was born 17 hours before him and we were born in different cities but our moms both brought us into the world on the same day!  It was one of the fun things we discovered about each other and we love it!

Today I wish my man a Happy Birthday and I pray that there will be many more to come, the adventure awaits us sweet thing!


Blogging to Friends

I love that Webster updates his dictionary to meet the new language of our day:

Blog: online diary on Web site; a frequently updated personal journal chronicling links at a Web site, intended for public viewing

I do enjoy reading blogs and writing blogs.  I actually really love reading in general.  Currently, as you know, I’m reading Love Does by Bob Goff, and at the same time I’m reading The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Kelly.  I’m also reading a fictional fun book about the pioneer days but that is neither here nor there….

This morning, as I’m reading in The Meaning of Marriage book, I come across some important truths that I must share with my friend.  I’d love to share them with you but you’d find that blog to be a bit politically incorrect and perhaps a little opinionated and lot of hard cold truth of God’s word.  I’m guessing you’re more of seeker sensitive crowd and don’t care to get caught up in my musings on such things…I know….I don’t give you enough credit and hopefully you understand I’m just jesting.  Truth be told the word this morning was meant only for her.  So I blogged to my friend.

Sometimes words that we blog aren’t meant for public eyes.  Perhaps they are meant only for our personal journals or for one simple friend.  I’ve read some blogs lately that seem to be a personal journal put out for all to see.  It made me feel uncomfortable reading the words and even as if perhaps I was doing something wrong, almost like I  I stumbled across FBI files that weren’t for my eyes.  Have you ever seen anything posted for the public that you thought perhaps should have been keep to ones self?  I even think of bumper stickers or tattoos…I just wonder if sometimes we don’t exercise enough restraint.

do not read

That being said, you didn’t get the blog I wrote this morning because I sent it to the only one that was meant to read it.  Perhaps someday God will give me a blog just for you.  Until then…hang tight, I’m about to post a blog about our summer and all the great fun we had discovering life as a new family.